Arnold Schwarzenegger is in negotiations to co-star in Steve Pink's remake of "The Toxic Avenger," TheWrap has learned.
A mainstream reboot of the "classic" Troma franchise, the action-comedy will follow a 17 year-old high school student who gets dunked in toxic waste by a corrupt chemical company. He survives with the ability to transform into a monster with superhuman strength and becomes an unlikely hero.
In a cheeky nod to his "Terminator days," Schwarzenegger will play "The Exterminator," a former black ops agent who trains the protagonist to use his powers for good. Together they take on the lurking menace created by the polluters, as well the polluters themselves.
Akiva Goldsman and Richard Saperstein are producing with Charlie Corwin, Stephen Kessler and Michael Benaroya. Troma's Lloyd Kaufman will executive produce with Michael Herz.
International Film Trust will shop "The Toxic Avengers" to buyers this week at Cannes, and production is scheduled to start in the fall.
Schwarzenegger, who recently returned to Hollywood after governing the state of California, was last seen in Lionsgate's action movie "The Last Stand." He'll soon be seen opposite Sylvester Stallone in Summit's "Escape Plan," as well as Sam Worthington in Open Road's "Ten." He's repped by CAA.
Variety broke the news of Schwarzenegger's casting.